AAPD/NCIL Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

In an effort to inform the disability community of the presidential candidate’s disability policy positions, initiatives, and priorities, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) have developed a presidential candidate questionnaire. Read more about the question and answers at this link: https://mailchi.mp/aapd/announcing-the-2019-aapd-paul-g-hearne-leadership-awards-193341?e=2c358d98d6

REV UP 2020 Strategy Meeting

Save the date for the 2020 REV UP MA Strategy Meeting!

2020 is a national election year. The goal of this meeting is to continue to strategize and develop concrete objectives on getting people with disabilities registered to vote, educated on the candidates and issues, and to the polls on Election Day on November 3, 2020.

When: Friday, May 29, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: AC Hotel, 125 Front Street, Worcester

Please Note: Out of consideration for people with environmental illness and/or multiple chemical sensitivity, please refrain from using perfume or other scented products.

Sign up to attend at the Disability Law Center MA website: https://www.dlc-ma.org/calendar/

Transportation: The Framingham Worcester Commuter Rail line leaves from South Station and goes to Worcester. The train schedule is at www.mbta.com. The train is a 5 minute walk to the hotel. If you need transportation to and from the train station, please let us know and we will try to help.

Photos from the 2018 REV UP Forum

Marlene Sallo, ED at DLC, opens the May, 2018 REV UP Forum in Marlboro
Marlene Sallo, ED at DLC, opens the May, 2018 REV UP Forum in Marlboro
Commissioner Thomas Hicks (EAC)
Commissioner Thomas Hicks (EAC)
Zach Baldwin (AAPD)
Zach Baldwin (AAPD)
Richard Villavicencio and audience member ask question
Richard Villavicencio and audience member ask question

2020 Elections Disability, Accessibility and Security Forum

February 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

As the 2020 elections rapidly approach, the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has designed a forum to address growing concerns regarding accessibility and security. This all-day forum will bring together state and local election officials, people with disabilities, disability advocates, and election security experts to discuss issues and advance solutions. The collaborative workshops and EAC’s efforts will assist election officials serving voters with disabilities in the 2020 elections and beyond. EAC commissioners will be in attendance and will play a leading role in promoting collaboration amongst participants.


November 20 Presidential Democratic Primary Debate

How to Watch Tonight’s Debates: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/20/politics/how-to-watch-democratic-debate/index.html

Who is debating?

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Businessman Tom Steyer
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Businessman Andrew Yang

Who didn’t make the cut?

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
  • Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
  • Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak

2019 Municipal Elections

Tuesday, November 5th: 2019 Municipal Elections!
November 5th, 2019 is election day for many municipalities across the Commonwealth! Be sure to make it to the polls if your city/town has an election, and spread the word to your family and friends! And keep in mind that polling locations run on different schedules depending on municipality. Check here to see all cities/towns holding elections and the hours that polls are open for each: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemuniele/munieleidx.htm If you have questions about voting, contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections and Voting Division at this toll free number: 1-800-462-VOTE (8683). You can also email them at elections@sec.state.ma.us

2020 Presidential Forum on Disability Issues in January

Tickets are on sale now for AAPD’s forum on January 13, 2020 in Austin Texas. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchases here: https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/2020-presidential-forum-on-disability-issues/.

We have not yet seen a list of participants or a schedule for the event.

Learn more about the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Electing People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are increasing their ranks in elected office. But they’re still underrepresented.


From the Philadelphia Inquirer by Stephanie Lai, October 20, 2019

A study at Rutgers University shows that more people with disabilities are being elected to local, state and federal government with the greatest proportion at the local level. The Massachusetts disability community has great advocates in Massachusetts who should run for office!

You can also read the Rutgers Study.